Yesterday I contemplated, and then turned down, an opportunity to play drums with yet another local band.
I love production and recording but as I progress as a music person, I see playing as the biggest investment I can make in making great music. So, I’m always looking for chances to play out more.
But this time, I had to say no.
For one, I wasn’t a fan of the band’s music. And I didn’t think I was going to be the worst musician in the room, which is one of my new initiatives in improving
But my bigger motivation was the fact that I’m not finishing enough.
I have a backlog of incomplete projects that have been begging for my attention. And while I give them a good portion of my time, they’re still there, lurking in the back of my mind.
So, I decided to forego this new playing opportunity and strengthen my commitment to my current workload. I’m saying yes again by saying no.
Saying no gets a bad rap, but I would add it to this list from Forbes of ways that you can be more effective. In fact, it would go great right after this tip:
Weed out distractions
I know a few people that have a Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram, Hootsuite, Tumblr, Foursquare, Shutterfly, Pinterest, Google Chat, Reddit, and StumbleUpon account. When they are not using these social media tools, they may be checking their e-mail on their smartphones or reading random facts on Wikipedia every 5 minutes. Disconnect!
Because when you really think about it, saying yes to new projects is perhaps the most tempting of distractions. We have so much potential and we often spend time imagining ourselves realizing that potential, rather than putting in the hours to make it happen.
So, before you add more to your plate, consider how much time you are giving to your present projects. Saying no might be the most powerful decision you ever make.